That went well.
Derbyshire's pre-season matches have all fallen foul to the weather, which means that we will go into this weekend's season opener against Middlesex with little game time.
Only Ben Slater and Luis Reece have had any time in the middle, while the bowlers have yet to turn their arms over in earnest.
I am sure that this has been replicated around the country, accounting for why teams have been rolled over for next to nothing in the season's early skirmishes.
Middlesex already look like living up to my prediction as the team to beat and their seam attack is likely to complete a win over Northamptonshire today. A target of 303 is considerably higher than any innings thus far and should be too much, even for a good batting side.
I don't see the announced Derbyshire side for the coming weekend game as being much different to the one for this match, with Daryn Smit's return to it the only likely amendment.
More on that, later in the week.